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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Tigers - Acquired Johnny Mac

Detroit Tigers - Acquired IF John McDonald from the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named.

Given that we’re talking John McDonald, I’d expect the player the Blue Jays get to be something along the lines of Nook Logan.  But not Nook Logan, though, since the Tigers think he’s neato.  With Koskie back and both Adams and Hill on the team, there’s no real reason for McDonald to be on the Jays.  While some Jays fans have been upset about J.P’s apparent non-sexual man-love (since we know Shea’s position on homosexuals), it’s far, far better for the overrated, but useful Hillenbrand to get the attention when it could have very well been lavished on this guy.

2005 ZiPS Projection - John McDonald
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘05 94   8   27   3 0   0 12   6 12   5 .287 .337 .319
Rest ‘05   73   9   18   2 0   0   8   4 11   0 .247 .295 .274
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Total ‘05 167 17   45   5 0   0 20 10 23   5 .269 .318 .299

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 23, 2005 at 06:28 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: July 23, 2005 at 07:01 PM (#1493823)
I'm sorry, but what exactly is Shea's position on non-homosexual manlove. Is it similar to Carl Everett's?
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2005 at 07:39 PM (#1493870)
Who takes Mac's roster spot on the Jays?
   3. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: July 23, 2005 at 07:39 PM (#1493872)
Eight around the time he was traded from Boston he called Theo Epstien a 'faggot' on the radio.
   4. Slide-Piece Posted: July 23, 2005 at 07:42 PM (#1493881)
I don't understand all the vitriol towards Hillenbrand, emanating from one stupid throw-away line. I've used the fa***t word before, and I feel no disdain towards homosexuals at all.

Bush is coming up to start today. So they're back to 13 pitchers, until Koskie comes back. At that point, either Gaudin or League will likely return to Syracuse.
   5. bibigon Posted: July 23, 2005 at 08:17 PM (#1493936)
I don't understand all the vitriol towards Hillenbrand, emanating from one stupid throw-away line. I've used the fa***t word before, and I feel no disdain towards homosexuals at all.

Yeah, did you use it in a derogatory sense?

Shea's quote was something like: "I've been hearing that Theo wants to trade me. That faggot."

It was a subtle joking usage. It was offensive.
   6. bibigon Posted: July 23, 2005 at 08:17 PM (#1493937)
err, that should read "Not a subtle joking usage."
   7. Optimus_Primate Posted: July 23, 2005 at 11:24 PM (#1494121)
Actually, he demanded Theo to "trade me, faggot."
   8. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 24, 2005 at 03:37 AM (#1494379)
And Shea hardly used it in a private conversation.
   9. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: July 24, 2005 at 03:43 AM (#1494382)
Would it be worse if Theo was gay or straight?
   10. Sam M. Posted: July 24, 2005 at 04:07 AM (#1494408)
Would it be worse if Theo was gay or straight?

It would be worse if Theo is gay and in the closet. That would amount to outing. Bad.

Second worst would be if Theo is straight. That would indicate that Shea thinks that you can malign straight people by calling them by gay-related epithets, and thus that being gay is bad.

Third would be if Theo were gay and out. Still not good, but at least it could possibly be meant the way some of my straight friends will sometimes call me "faggot" in a joking way. It would depend on the context.
   11. Optimus_Primate Posted: July 24, 2005 at 04:25 AM (#1494430)
Would it be worse if Theo was gay or straight?

I think it was just an idle insult. An incredibly immature insult punctuating a demand oozing with immeasurable arrogance. He came off sounding like a schoolyard bully with a heightened sense of self-worth.
   12. Roger Freed Is Ready Posted: July 24, 2005 at 06:38 AM (#1494564)
At first Hillebrand's comment seemed out of place because -- let's face it -- "Shea" is a very gay name. It even rhymes with "gay."

But then I remembered a news item from back when I lived in Virginia. Some redneck shot up a gay bar in Roanoke. His motivation?

His last name was "Gay."
   13. Darren Posted: July 24, 2005 at 12:22 PM (#1494630)
John McDonald gets a TO but the Ambres--Graffanino deal doesn't? Poor Graff.
   14. Cowboy Popup Posted: July 24, 2005 at 02:13 PM (#1494659)
"But then I remembered a news item from back when I lived in Virginia. Some redneck shot up a gay bar in Roanoke. His motivation?

His last name was "Gay.""

Sounds about right for Roanoke. What a miserable place.
   15. Tanto Posted: July 24, 2005 at 03:35 PM (#1494684)
What a miserable place.

Hear hear. It's tha armpit of Virginia.
   16. Spivey Posted: July 24, 2005 at 08:15 PM (#1495035)
I don't understand all the vitriol towards Hillenbrand, emanating from one stupid throw-away line

He also doesn't walk, grounds into double plays, and stole a spot on the ASG roster this year that could have gone to Hafner or Jeter.
   17. Ralph Malph Posted: July 25, 2005 at 05:44 AM (#1495982)
What is the difference between using "fa**ot" as an insult and using "ni**er" as an insult?

I'm just curious.
   18. Paul D(uda) Posted: July 25, 2005 at 05:46 AM (#1495985)
He gets on base this year spivey, through walking and HBP.

And isn't 'stealing' a roster spot from Jeter a good thing?

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